It can be such a beautiful game when it is played at its highest level. The athleticism. The teamwork. The awe-inspiring plays. It truly is The Beautiful Game. No, I’m not talking about football/soccer – this site isn’t called The Footy Manifesto, after all – I’m talking about basketball. And these NBA Finals have been a thing of beauty.
Well, maybe beauty isn’t quite the right word – Miami only shot 38% last night yet still won – but no denying these Finals have been incredibly exciting and compelling. This Miami Heat-Oklahoma City series was thought of no less than the dawning of a new era of the NBA heading into it, and it has lived up to that billing. Each of the three games have been neck-and-neck, down to the wire affairs. We’ve seen superstars play up to their billing (we’re not talking about you, Mr. Wade). We’ve seen Kevin Durant and LeBron James go head-to-head at both end of the floor, which we rarely get to see – two superstars actually going up against each other on the court and not just in the off-the-court hype. The telecasts of the games are drawing huge ratings. You really couldn’t ask for more.
It’s a beautiful thing.